Intuitive Surgical has received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to allow marketing of its da Vinci S System in Japan.

The da Vinci System is a surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. It consists of an ergonomic surgeon console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist instruments.

The company claims that the system is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments, as it is powered by robotic and computer technology. It makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. It also includes less pain, a shorter recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities.

Gary Guthart, president and COO of Intuitive Surgical, said: “We are pleased with the Ministry of Health’s decision to grant Shonin approval for the da Vinci S Surgical System. This approval has been a long process for Intuitive, and we are happy to be one step closer to bringing our products to market in Japan.

“Our focus will now shift toward satisfying the trade and importation requirements necessary for commercialization and to obtain appropriate reimbursement for da Vinci procedures in Japan.”